Weekly Update 4/1

Dear Members and Friends of JASH,

On Tuesday, March 30, 2021, the Ehime Maru Memorial Association (EMMA) hosted a special luncheon via Zoom celebrating the efforts of our dedicated volunteers from local Japanese American community groups who have donated hours of service to clean and maintain the Ehime Maru Memorial in Kaka’ako Waterfront Park. This year marked the 20th anniversary of the sinking of the Uwajima Fisheries High School training ship Ehime Maru which suffered the loss of nine lives, including four students, two teachers, and three crew members.


Due to the COVID restrictions on gatherings, this February’s memorial ceremony was cancelled and a private wreath laying ceremony was conducted instead. The ceremony is typically attended by many of our volunteers along with visitors from Japan. During the virtual luncheon, the video of the ceremony was presented while attendees partook in special bento from Natsunoya Tea House that were made available for drive-through pick- up earlier in the morning.


EMMA President, Reyna Kaneko, expressed sincere gratitude to the volunteers from many organizations in Hawaii who have cleaned the Ehime Maru Memorial each Saturday of the year since its unveiling in 2002. One of the volunteers commented that she enjoys meeting Japanese visitors who come to the memorial to pay their respects while her group cleans the memorial. Mr. Ken Saiki, EMMA Director, who coordinates the volunteer groups for weekly maintenance and cleaning, also thanked and encouraged them to continue nurturing the relationship with Ehime Prefecture and Uwajima City through their activities.


The Ehime Maru Memorial Association would like to thank all the volunteers again who continue to support and care for the memorial and in turn, the bereaved families. A huge mahalo to Minamoto Kitchoan and Lotus Spirits for donating favors for our volunteers. JASH serves as the administrator of the Ehime Maru Memorial Association and works to preserve the memory of the lives lost in this tragic accident and to maintain the memorial in perpetuity.

Shared Events

Hosted by Japan Society


Virtual Program

The Fight for Women's Judo:

Rusty Kanokogi's Story

Wednesday, April 7

12:30pm (HST)


Raised in Brooklyn, NY, and trained at the Kodokan Judo Institute in Japan, Rena “Rusty” Kanokogi (née Glickman) is known as the “Mother of Women’s Judo.” Rusty dedicated her life to martial arts, and due in great part to her efforts, women’s judo became an official Olympic sport in 1992. Rusty’s daughter, Jean Kanokogi, Ph.D., a 5th degree black belt in judo, and author of Get Up & Fight: The Memoir of Rena "Rusty" Kanokogi, The Mother of Women's Judo, is keeping her mother’s legacy alive. At this program, Dr. Kanokogi discusses her mother’s fascinating life, and tells the story of how women’s judo became an Olympic sport. Followed by an audience Q&A. For details and to register, click here.

Hosted by Table for Two USA


Virtual Program #EdamameChamp Chopsticks Competition & Cooking Demonstration Saturday, April 10 1:00pm (HST)


Register now to enjoy chopsticks competition using edamame (or any beans) & learn how to make “Miso Butter Pasta”! Kids and adults of all ages welcome! For details and to register, click here.

Hosted by Hawaii Tokai International College

Virtual Program Tokai Juku 2021: Japanese Language & Culture Online Summer Camp July 19-23, 2021 Early Bird Registration Deadline: June 25, 2021


This program provides a perfect opportunity for high school students to reinforce and enrich what they have learned in their Japanese classes. There will be activities with our Hawaii Tokai college students to practice speaking in Japanese and learn more about their lifestyles in Japan! For details and to register, click here.

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